Conrad Challenge mentors are business leaders, entrepreneurs, industry experts, innovators and researchers from around the world.
"Growing up the farming region of California (the San Joaquin Valley) I never had the opportunity to participate in science fairs or visit laboratories, science museums or NASA centers. My grandmother and uncle encouraged me though and they would often take me on trips to foster my STEM curiosity. So, when I finally made it to my dream job (took me 40 years!) I wanted to encourage kids in science and technology. I'm very proud of our space program and I love to show it off to kids (and open-minded adults!). I also like to brag about JPL and its accomplishments."
About Our Mentors:
The mentor program is an essential part of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. Our program provides students and coaches with the opportunity to engage with mentors through our online community. Students are able to access advanced STEM principles, apply innovative thinking and solve real-world problems with the help of mentors. Students and teachers truly benefit from connecting with our mentors and gain relevant information about a variety of industries, information about professional development and guidance on project development.
Why Mentor a Team?
Mentors: Year Round
Team Mentors: Assigned to Semi-Finalist and Finalist Teams
What is the Time Commitment?
Some weeks will require more or less time depending on what you have arranged with your fellow Mentors and team regarding their deliverables. On average, you will spend 30 minutes to 2 hours per week guiding and preparing a semi-finalist or finalist team.
Get Started: Register as a Mentor through our website and online community. If you would like to be a specific team mentor, contact Jennifer Fotherby at [email protected]